Key Equipment Finance interns gain business experience

Students meet leaders, visit Cleveland headquarters and give back to their communities

Seven college students have joined Key Equipment Finance this summer in a variety of full-time roles through early August, with some continuing part-time during the school year.

KEF_Interns_Team Photo on 55th FloorIMG_0628.jpgKey Equipment Finance offers four to seven paid internships each summer, and typically hires rising junior or seniors for the spots the previous fall, said Robin Van Lant, senior program manager for Key Equipment Finance.

"The company benefits from extra hands while the students get meaningful work experience and a chance to explore other career options by meeting employees across the business," she said. 

Some sessions are set up for the intern group and other connections are made by interns directly, Van Lant said. "Late in the summer, we have an event with the Key Equipment Finance executive team. Interns also participate in Neighbors Make the Difference Day and other community service activities within the business."

The interns learn through assigned projects and by participating in a number of opportunities to explore various job functions and what a career at Key might be for each of them. The group also travels to Cleveland where they visit KeyCorp headquarters and meet executives.

While in Cleveland this year, 150 interns from across Key participated in a special event in Cleveland's Public Square to assemble bicycles in a competitive team-building exercise. The interns were divided into 17 teams that assembled bikes, with the challenge of having several members blindfolded. Once the bikes were put together, the teams raced them to make sure they were safe to ride. The interns then learned that the bikes would go to children from the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland.

Key Equipment Finance's 2017 interns include:

  • Mazhar Ali: Mazhar is entering his senior year at CU-Boulder. He is majoring in finance and accounting and minoring in economics.
  • Brian Calvey: Brian is a rising junior at Miami University in Ohio and has relocated to Boulder for the summer. He is majoring in Information Systems within the business school. 
  • Danielle Chmelik: Danielle recently returned from a semester studying in Prague.  She is a rising senior at CU-Boulder, majoring in finance and operations management.
  • Valeria De Haro: Valeria is a rising junior majoring in Information Systems and Operations Management at CU-Boulder.  She is also working on a minor in Technology Arts & Media and a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Tanner Evans: Tanner will be graduating from Drake University in Iowa this  December.  He is double-majoring in Finance and Politics. He is enjoying experiencing the Colorado lifestyle this summer.
  • Ryan Turner: Ryan is a rising junior in computer science at CU-Boulder.  He is also minoring in business administration.
  • Chris Winfrey: Chris is entering his junior year at CU-Boulder and is majoring in accounting and finance.

Photo on stairs: Pictured in the 2017 intern class from left to right are Robin Van Lant (Program Manager), Danielle Chmelik, Mazhar Ali, Chris Winfrey, Valeria De Haro, Brian Calvey, Ryan Turner (on floor), and Tanner Evans (highest on stairs). IMG_2835.jpg

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